Letter to the Attorney General
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 Letter to the Attorney General
Uri Avnery, on behalf of the Gush Shalom movement, sent a sharp warning to the
Attorney General, concerning the destruction of dozens of homes in Hebron. Following
December 5, 2002.
Mr. Elyakim Rubinstein,
Legal Advisor to the Government,
We are in possession of decree 61/02/T, signed by General Moshe Kaplinsky,
commander of the IDF in the 'Judea and Samaria' area.
This decree orders the expropriation of 61 (sixty one) parcels, as follows: 'I declare
that these lands will be taken over for military needs. I hereby order the demolition of
the buildings for military needs.'
To the best of our knowledge and understanding, there are no 'military needs' for
this act, which entails the destruction of a whole neighborhood. The purpose of the
decree is to create a 'territorial contiguity' between the settlers in Kiryat-Arba and
those in the center of Hebron.
In the absence of an urgent military need, this act may be considered a war crime
under international law. There is no need to add that the very existence of an Israeli
settlement in Hebron is illegal under international law.
As an Israeli peace movement, we are deeply concerned with the moral fabric and
the international standing of our state. Therefore we request you to -
(1)Inform the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense that the above action is
manifestly illegal and must be cancelled at once.
(2)Warn General Moshe Kaplinsky that the above act may be considered a war
crime and entail severe personal consequences for him at any time.
We are convinced that by doing so you will act for the good of the state and the
We believe that it is the duty of every citizen in a democratic state to warn against
actions that may constitute war crimes, and take all legal steps necessary for their
prevention. This we are doing.
Former member of the Knesset,
Copy: General Moshe Kaplinsky.